IRONMEN 11-TRY ROMP OVER THE DROVERS WITH DALEY HAT-TRICK.
Merthyr warmed up for their WRU Cup semi against RGC 1404 with a rampant 11try rout over Llandovery in a first half that saw the ironmen run in six tries all converted by full back Matthew Jarvis to give them an interval lead of 42-14. However, it was Llandovery that took an early lead when some poor home defense allowed prop Scott Jenkins to touch down for the opening try which was converted by outside half Jack Maynard to give the Drovers a shock 0-7 lead. This was short lived as both forwards and backs combined well together to send wing man Kyle Evans over for the 1st of his two tries, Jarvis converted to tie the scorers 7-7. Back came Merthyr again with good ball carrying skills from back row men Osian Davies, and Phil Rees which allowed fellow back row man Tom Daley to crash over under the posts, Jarvis converted to give Merthyr the lead 14-7. Merthyr then began to stretch the Droves as they up the pace of the game and it was not long before they extended the lead further when skipper Craig Locke barged his way over from short range, Jarvis converted to give Merthyr a 21-7 lead. Then came one of the best individual tries to be seen at the Wern for a long time, when back row man Tom Daley broke tackles inside his own 25 to race away up field as he galloped away he threw several dummies as he showed a clean pair of heals as he outpaced the Llandovery defense to race in from 75 meters to score under the posts, Jarvis converted and Merthyr were now rampant but to their credit Llandovery still looked dangerous with ball in hand and this was rewarded when centre Rhodri Jones broke several tackles to touch down for the visitors, Maynard converted to close the gap at 28-14. Any thoughts of a fight back were soon quashed when Merthyr once again took back control with good drives from Props Trevett, and Powell setting up Kyle Evans for his second try, Jarvis converted to extend the lead further 35-14. As Llandovery tried to get back into the game a long pass in mid field was intercepted by home centre Martyn Thomas and he raced away from 40 meters to score, Jarvis converted to bring the half time score 42-14. After a scintillating first 40 minutes Merthyr continued the rout as there was no let up for the visitors as the Merthyr pack then began to take control as they began to drive the Llandovery 8 backwards at the set piece and this was soon rewarded when number 8 Phil Rees picked up from the base of the scrum 10 meters out to crash over, Jarvis converted to take the score 49-14. Merthyr were now in total command and at this stage made several substitutions as they kept the pressure on the Drovers, Merthyr then crossed the 50 mark when Scrum Half Justin James got his back line moving 30 meters out and with some crisp passing which saw wing man Richard Carter race away for the first of his two tries in the corner. Back came Merthyr as there was no let up for Llandovery as replacement centre Gavin Dacey showed his pace as he raced away from 25 meters out, Jarvis converted to give Merthyr a 61-14 lead. A clever diagonal kick from replacement outside half Dean Gunter was caught by wingman Carter as he raced away for his second try, Jarvis converting. Although Llandovery try to get something out of the game they had no answer to the pace and power of the Merthyr side and it was the Man of the Match back row man Tom Daley to have the last say when he raced in from close range for his third try of the afternoon with Jarvis converting and as the referee blew for full time the home supporters gave the Merthyr side a standing ovation as they left the field as they had witnessed a 11 try rout of Llandovery with home full back Matthew Jarvis finishing with personal tally of 20 points. In a pulsating game of rugby all 23 players should be congratulated on the display, but special mention to back row man Tom Daley not only for his 3 tries but also for his all-round personal performance. Coaches Lee Jarvis and Dale McIntosh will be well pleased with the home side performance as they prepare the team for the WRU cup semi-final this Saturday at Sardis road Pontypridd against RGC 1404 a side that have completed the double over the ironmen in the league in two close games winning at the wern 19-23 and at Parc, Eirias Colwyn Bay 25-24. Come along and support the team, with several buses going from the club as Merthyr hope to reach the Final for the first time in its 141-year history.
MERTHYR: 15 M JARVIS, 14 R CARTER, 13 M THOMAS, 12 A PINCERS, 11 K EVANS, 10 G DAVIES, 9 J JAMES, 1 N TRAVETT, 2 R WILLIAMS, 3 G POWELL, 4 L REED, 5 C LOCKE, 6 T DALEY, 7 O DAVIES, 8 P REES, 16 J HOWE, 17 S EVANS, 18 L JONES, 19 B MURPHY, 20 N WHITE, 21 R DOWNES, 22 D GUNTER, 23 G DACEY.
SCORERS: T DALEY 3T, K EVANS 2T, R CARTER 2T, G DACEY 1T, C LOCKE 1T, M THOMAS 1T, P REES 1T, M JARVIS 10 CONS.
REFEREE: CRAIG EVANS(GLYNNEATH)
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